The Outer Banks are a series of long, narrow barrier islands that define the Easternmost boundary of North Carolina. The islands stretch nearly 200 miles from Back Bay, Virginia on the northern end to Cape Lookout on the southern end. The islands from North to South are Currituck Banks; Bodie (pronounced "Body") Psland; Pea Island; Hatteras Island, Ocracoke Island; Portsmouth Island; Core Banks; Shackleford Banks and Bogue Banks. Between the Banks and the mainland lie the waters of Albemarle Sound. The Outer banks are assessable by State-run car carrier ferries at the Southern end and by a bridge from the mainland near Manteo. The banks are a popular tourist destination, with seven lighthouses, miles of beaches and lots of sport fishing.

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